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FCCC/CP/2014/L.

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United Nations

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13 December 2014
Original: English

Conference of the Parties
Twentieth session
Lima, 1–12 December 2014
Agenda item 4
Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform
for Enhanced Action

Further advancing the Durban Platform
Draft decision -/CP.XX
Proposal by the President
The Conference of the Parties,
Reiterating that the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for
Enhanced Action shall be under the Convention and guided by its principles,
Recalling the objective of the Convention as set out in its Article 2,
Also recalling all the relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties,
particularly decisions 1/CP.17, 2/CP.18 and 1/CP.19,
Affirming its determination to strengthen adaptation action through the protocol,
another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention to be
adopted at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (November-December
2015),
Recalling decisions 2/CP.19 and X/CP.20 (Warsaw International Mechanism for
Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts) and welcoming of the progress
made in Lima, Peru, towards the implementation of the Warsaw International Mechanism
for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts,
Noting with grave concern the significant gap between the aggregate effect of
Parties’ mitigation pledges in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by
2020 and aggregate emission pathways consistent with having a likely chance of holding
the increase in global average temperature below 2 °C or 1.5 °C above pre-industrial
levels,
1.
Confirms that the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced
Action shall complete the work referred to in decision 1/CP.17, paragraph 2, as early as
possible in order for the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-first session to adopt a

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protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the
Convention applicable to all Parties;
2.
Decides that the protocol, another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal
force under the Convention applicable to all Parties shall address in a balanced manner,
inter alia, mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, and
capacity-building, and transparency of action and support;
3.
Underscores its commitment to reaching an ambitious agreement in 2015 that
reflects the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective
capabilities, in light of different national circumstances;
4.
Urges developed country Parties to provide and mobilize enhanced financial support
to developing country Parties for ambitious mitigation and adaptation actions, especially to
Parties that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change; and
recognizes complementary support by other Parties;
5.
Acknowledges the progress made in Lima in elaborating the elements for a draft
negotiating text as contained in the annex;
6.
Decides that the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced
Action will intensify its work, with a view to making available a negotiating text for a
protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the
Convention applicable to all Parties before May 2015;
7.
Requests the secretariat to communicate the negotiating text referred to in paragraph
6 above to Parties in accordance with provisions of the Convention and the applied rules of
procedure, while noting that such communication will not prejudice whether the outcome
will be a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the
Convention applicable to all Parties;
8.
Notes that the arrangements specified in this decision in relation to intended
nationally determined contributions are without prejudice to the legal nature and content of
the intended nationally determined contributions of Parties or to the content of the protocol,
another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention
applicable to all Parties;
9.
Reiterates its invitation to each Party to communicate to the secretariat its intended
nationally determined contribution towards achieving the objective of the Convention as set
out in its Article 2;
10.
Agrees that each Party’s intended nationally determined contribution towards
achieving the objective of the Convention as set out in its Article 2 will represent a
progression beyond the current undertaking of that Party;
11.
Also agrees that the least developed countries and small island developing States
may communicate information on strategies, plans and actions for low greenhouse gas
emission development reflecting their special circumstances in the context of intended
nationally determined contributions;
12.
Invites all Parties to consider communicating their undertakings in adaptation
planning or consider including an adaptation component in their intended nationally
determined contributions;
13.
Reiterates its invitation to all Parties to communicate their intended nationally
determined contributions well in advance of the twenty-first session of the Conference of
the Parties (by the first quarter of 2015 by those Parties ready to do so) in a manner that
facilitates the clarity, transparency and understanding of the intended nationally determined
contributions;

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Agrees that the information to be provided by Parties communicating their intended
nationally determined contributions, in order to facilitate clarity, transparency and
understanding, may include, as appropriate, inter alia, quantifiable information on the
reference point (including, as appropriate, a base year), time frames and/or periods for
implementation, scope and coverage, planning processes, assumptions and methodological
approaches including those for estimating and accounting for anthropogenic greenhouse gas
emissions and, as appropriate, removals, and how the Party considers that its intended
nationally determined contribution is fair and ambitious, in light of its national
circumstances, and how it contributes towards achieving the objective of the Convention as
set out in its Article 2;
15.
Reiterates its call to developed country Parties, the operating entities of the
Financial Mechanism and any other organizations in a position to do so to provide support
for the preparation and communication of the intended nationally determined contributions
of Parties that may need such support;
16.

Requests the secretariat to:

(a)
Publish on the UNFCCC website the intended nationally determined
contributions as communicated;
(b)
Prepare by 1 November 2015 a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the
intended nationally determined contributions communicated by Parties by 1 October 2015;
17.
Encourages all Parties to the Kyoto Protocol to ratify and implement the Doha
Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol;
18.
Reiterates its resolve as set out in decision 1/CP.19, paragraphs 3 and 4, to
accelerate the full implementation of the decisions constituting the agreed outcome
pursuant to decision 1/CP.13 and enhance ambition in the pre-2020 period in order to
ensure the highest possible mitigation efforts under the Convention by all Parties;
19.
Decides to continue the technical examination of opportunities with high mitigation
potential, including those with adaptation, health and sustainable development co-benefits,
in the period 2015–2020, by requesting the secretariat to:
(a)

Organize a series of in-session technical expert meetings which:

(i)
Facilitate Parties in the identification of policy options, practices and
technologies and in planning for their implementation in accordance with nationally
defined development priorities;
(ii)
Build on and utilize the related activities of, and further enhance
collaboration and synergies among, the Technology Executive Committee, the
Climate Technology Centre and Network, the Durban Forum on capacity-building,
the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism and the operating entities
of the Financial Mechanism;
(iii) Build on previous technical expert meetings1 in order to hone and focus on
actionable policy options;
(iv) Provide meaningful and regular opportunities for the effective engagement of
experts from Parties, relevant international organizations, civil society, indigenous

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In 2014 the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action undertook
technical expert meetings on renewable energy, energy efficiency, land-use change and forestry
(including REDD-plus), urban environments, carbon dioxide capture use and storage and non CO2
greenhouse gases.
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peoples, women, youth, academic institutions, the private sector, and subnational
authorities nominated by their respective countries;
(v)
Support the accelerated implementation of policy options and enhanced
mitigation action, including through international cooperation;
(vi) Facilitate the enhanced engagement of all Parties through the announcement
of topics to be addressed, agendas and related materials at least two months in
advance of technical expert meetings;
(b)
Update, following the technical expert meetings referred to in paragraph
19(a) above, the technical paper on the mitigation benefits of actions, and on initiatives and
options to enhance mitigation ambition, compiling information provided in submissions
from Parties and observer organizations and the discussions held at the technical expert
meetings and drawing on other relevant information on the implementation of policy
options at all levels, including through multilateral cooperation;
(c)
Disseminate the information referred to in paragraph 19(b) above, including
by publishing a summary for policymakers;
20.
Requests the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action
to make recommendations in relation to further advancing the technical examination
process, including the periodic assessment of the technical expert meetings, to the
Conference of the Parties at its twenty-first session;
21.
Welcomes the Lima Climate Action High Level Meeting convened by the President
of the Conference of the Parties on 11 December 2014 and encourages the Executive
Secretary and the President of the Conference of the Parties to convene an annual highlevel event on enhancing implementation of climate action;
22.
Notes the estimated budgetary implications of the activities to be undertaken by the
secretariat referred to in this decision and requests that the actions of the secretariat called
for in this decision be undertaken subject to the availability of financial resources.

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Annex
[English Only]

Elements for a draft negotiating text
[Placeholder for Elements for a draft negotiating text – Version 2 of 10 December 2014 at 06:30]

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